Sex-ed group protests 'blatant lies' of Russian TV

Papardes zieds” – Latvia’s Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health has requested the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) to look into whether Russian television channel Rossija 1 news program Vesti’s coverage of the NGO’s short film for parents about their children’s sexual education is so tendentious and misleading as to constitute non-observance of media laws.

The April 7 Vesti program featured an episode titled Latvian third-graders to be told all about love, which the sexual health and family planning advocacy group says is “blatant lies about sexual education issues in Latvia’s schools.”

Papardes zieds, in a press release Monday, said that the “false news and deliberately and wrongfully interpreted frames contained in the Vesti news spot create an incorrect and discrediting impression of Latvia’s education system, and shakes the trust of the public in the values embodied in state power and the European Human Rights Convention.”

The short film is intended for the parental audience and is called Knowledge about sex protects.

However the Rossija 1 channel news producers chose to mislead their audience, including those who watch it inside Latvian national territory, about the true target of the film.

The Vesti spot tells that the short film is addressed to third-graders, and that it is about same-sex marriage and contraception. The episode was rebroadcast inside the national territory and is still viewable on the internet.

Papardes zieds believes that the state-controlled Rossija 1 is perpetrating targeted information aggression in the form of tendentious, consciously falsified information that is hostile to Latvia and calls on the NEPLP to act in its consultative capacity to press Saeima to disallow such activities inimical to Latvia’s national interests.

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